Psychosocial interventions in dementia: Projects

Support at Home - Interventions to Enhance Life in Dementia (SHIELD)

The SHIELD programme is funded through a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) five-year programme grant to improve the effectiveness of dementia care. A one year extension has been granted to continue the work in 2013.

SHIELD comprises a group of psychological and social interventions designed to reduce disability, improve outcomes, and enhance the quality of life for people with dementia and their carers.  The three projects include: cognitive stimulation groups for people with dementia to improve their cognition and quality of life; a new initiative called the SHIELD Carer Supporter Programme, which trains ex-carers to help new carers of people with dementia and is being run alongside reminiscence groups for people with dementia and their carers; and developing a model of home treatment to help manage crises at home and prevent admission to hospital for people with dementia.  Each of these approaches will be carefully evaluated to look at their potential benefits to people with dementia and their carers.  We will also produce training manuals, which will be made widely available to help other clinical services implement the same approaches.

Professor Bob Woods is a grant holder advising on the cognitive stimulation and reminiscence groups. To find out more about the SHIELD Project, please visit their website:


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